Courchevel-Méribel 2023. Super-G Races Preview
Updated: Feb 12
The 47th Alpine World Ski Championships in Méribel and Courchevel continues on Wednesday with the Women's Super-G Event followed by the Men's event on Thursday.
The last 13 editions of the Men's Super-G at the world championships have been won by 14 different skiers (1997-2021), including a shared win by Lasse Kjus and Hermann Maier in 1999.
Wednesday, February 8. 11:30 CET Roc de Fer Super-G Women
Thursday, February 9. 11:30 CET L'Eclipse Super-G Men
Lara Gut-Behrami is the reigning Olympic and world champion in the Super-G. She can become the first woman to win three successive global titles in this event. The only woman to claim the world title in the Super-G as reigning Olympic champion in this event was Anna Veith in 2015.
The Cortina World Championships started well for Switzerland, with a double score in the women's Super-G.
Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami took Gold on the Women's Super-G during the first day of racing, after a three-day delay due to poor weather conditions, at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. With a time of 1:25.51 running with bib 7, she swooped in to beat teammate Corinne Suter by 0.34 seconds and Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.47 seconds, who ended up in second and third place, respectively.
Before Cortina Lara Gut-Behrami had won a silver (Schladming 2013) and bronze medal (St. Moritz 2017) in the Women's Super-G at the world championships. With three Super-G world medals, Gut-Behrami equaled Isolde Kostner, Lindsey Vonn, and Julia Mancuso for the record of medals in the event.
The 31-year-old Swiss skier has won eight World Championships medals (G2-S3-B3), a record among Swiss women. The only Swiss skier to collect more medals at the World Championships is Pirmin Zurbriggen (9).
Mikaela Shiffrin won the Super-G title at the 2019 World Championships in Åre. Lindsey Vonn in Val d'Isère in 2009 is the only other American woman to have won the Super-G world title.
Gut-Behrami and Shiffrin can become the fourth woman to win multiple world titles in this event, after Ulrike Maier (1989, 1991), Isolde Kostner (1996, 1997) and Anja Pärson (2005, 2007).
Corinne Suter has won two medals in the Super-G at the World Championships: a bronze medal in 2019 and a silver medal in 2021. She can become the third woman on a complete medal set at the world championships in the Super-G, after Lara Gut-Behrami (G1-S1-B1) and Lindsey Vonn (G1-S1-B1).
Suter can become the third Swiss woman to claim the Super-G world title.
Only Austria with six winners have more than two different winners of the women's Super-G event.
Ragnhild Mowinckel leads the 2022-2023 World Cup Super-G standings coming into the world championships. The only Norwegian woman to have claimed a medal in the Super-G at the World Championships was Astrid Lödemel who won bronze in Morioka, Japan, in 1993.
Mowinckel's best result in the Super-G at the World Championships is two sixth places in St. Moritz 2017 and Åre 2019.
Federica Brignone won the Super-G crystal globe last season.
With 32 years, Brignone can become the oldest medal winner of the Women's Super-G at the World Championships. The current record holder is Tina Maze, who won a silver medal aged 31 in Vail/Beaver Creek in 2015.
The only Italian woman to have won the Super-G world title is Isolde Kostner in 1996 and 1997.
Mirjam Puchner won the silver medal in the Super-G at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022, but Courchevel-Méribel will be her first participation in the Super-G at the World Championships. Her only World Championships result is an 11th place in the Downhill in Cortina 2021.
Austrian women have won a record 14 medals in the Women's Super-G at the World Championships including a record seven world titles, but failed to reach the podium at the last two World Championships in Åre and Cortina.
Vincent Kriechmayr took Gold on the Men's Super-G during a first brutal day of racing at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. With a time of 1:19.41 running with bib 5, He swooped in to beat former teammate Romed Baumann by 0.07 seconds and Alexis Pinturault by 0.38 seconds, who ended up in second and third place, respectively.
The 29-year-old Austrian not only showed strong nerves and a good feel for the snow as a favorite, but he also delivered a tactical masterpiece that no racer on the new Vertigine track could match.
He can become the third man to win multiple world titles in this event, after Åtle Skårdal (1996, 1997) and Stephan Eberharter (1991, 2003).
Marco Odermatt has won four of the six men's Super-G events in the World Cup this season, including the last two held in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 28 and 29 January.
Odermatt has recorded 13 podium finishes in his last 16 participations in World Cup Super-G races, including seven victories.
The 25-year-old skier is hoping to become the fourth Swiss winner of the Men's Super-G at the World Championships, after Pirmin Zurbriggen (1987), Martin Hangl (1989), and Didier Cuche (2009).
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the only man besides Marco Odermatt to have won a World Cup Super-G race this season. Kilde victories came in Beaver Creek and Wengen.
The only Norwegians to have won the Men's Super-G at the World Championships are Åtle Skårdal (Sierra Nevada 1996, and Sestriere 1997) and Lasse Kjus (Vail/Beaver Creek 1999).
Since the beginning of 2021, all 16 men's World Cup Super-G events were won by either Odermatt (7), Kilde (6) or Kriechmayr (3).
Austria has won the Men's Super-G world title five times. Switzerland, Norway, Italy, and United States have won it three times.